Sunday, October 12, 2008

Finished Pillow

Here is my new little pillow with my strange little bird. I love it.
For some reason, I kept thinking of this poem by Emily Dickinson that Mother loved:


Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
As I worked on the pillow and decided to do a line form the poem on the back, I knew this little pillow was going to mean a lot to me. And it does carry a lot of reminds me of Mother.


  1. what a wonderful keepsake you have created. Favorite poems have a lot of power that way, don't they.

  2. So colorful and i love the raw edge applique.

  3. This is such a lovely tribute. I love all the bright happy colors and the poem is superb. Thank you for sharing those words with me. :o)

  4. How cute. I love poems on quilts. I've only made a few, but every time I see one, I wonder why I don't make more.

  5. a crazy coincidence, i am involved in a charity quilt thing and the theme is hope and i was thinking of doing 'hope is a thing with feathers'. and here it is already. and it is great!i have always loved that line.

  6. Acey - Thanks! Yes, favorite poems do carry a lot of power; Mother's love of this one led me to love Emily Dickinson and to read her poems to my children, too.

    Deborah - It is interesting that some projects call for raw edge applique and others definitely need a more finished look. I enjoy both, but knew this pillow needed raw edge.

    Myra - Thanks, Myra. I used a lot of scrap pieces for the pillow, and I really need to order some more "brights" because I enjoy working with them. Glad you like the poem!

    Kay - :) My embroidery needs to improve if I'm going to do more text on quilts!

    jude - Such a tiny poem and so full of depth and meaning! Can't wait to see your version for the charity quilt.

  7. I love that pillow!!!!!! It is inspiring and fun!


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